by Dwight Casimere
The Greeks have been making wines for thousands of years. Kallisti Reserve Boutari ($28) is an exceptional opportunity to reap the benefits of that experience and savor a wine with one-of-a-kind distinction. Kallisti is a white wine of robust character. Its made from 100% Assyrtiko, an indigenous variety that is quite different than any other white wine. First of all, the wine comes from one of the most distinctive regions in the world. Santorini is one of only 33 Protected Designation of Origins (PDO) within Greece. The geography of Santorini was drastically changed over the years by the volcanic activity of Thera and the surrounding Aegean Sea. The wine is distinguished by grapes grown through the ancient kouloura vine training system which guides un-grated vines to weave around in a circle to create a basket appearance which leaves the berries protected from the elements. This specific topography and growing method combines to create a wine that is full-bodied. The wine displays rich citrus fruit aromas and flavors, an intense minerality and bracing acidity. This is a well-balanced wine that goes terrifically with the foods of summer. Try having it with a salmon fillet, cooked over the grill on a wood plank or over coals sprinkled with mesquite chips, or giant sea scallops, drizzled in fresh lemon juice or marinted shrimp kebabs and your in for a real flavor treat. The wine has a bright yellow color with complex aromas of wood, hazelnut and Tahitian vanilla. The harmonious blend is furthered by aromas of fresh sliced Golden apples or ripe peach. A slight tinge from the unique volcanic soil give the wine an elegant structure with a nice, round taste that lingers long in the mouth. This is a wine to savor through a meal eat Al fresco on the patio, the terrace or in the garden. Save a sip or two for dessert with lemon sorbet and freshly made apple crisp. Be sure to forward me an invitation for lunch or dinner!